Civic Theatre

533 Baronne Street,
New Orleans, LA 70113

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spectrum on August 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

The above article (Forbes) has some nice interior photos both pre and post renovation. Nicely restored. It’s all white inside, but from some of the photos it appears that has been the color scheme for many years.

GeorgeD on April 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

Happy News about the Civic….. although a 2004 Times Picayune article talked about the condo conversion or apartment conversion of the theater —– it NEVER HAPPENED!!! The theater is alive and well and I attended a play there last night! Many of the original architectural details are in place, in a bright white auditorium with a beautiful chandelier. The original entrance is taken over by the apartment building next door so you enter from the back, but the theater is ALIVE AND WELL!!!! Hurray!

krislor13 on June 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

This was actually a disco in 1979. We went on a senior trip to New Orleans and went here to eat and dance. I have a picture.

nolatruth on August 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Civic theatre is alive and well. It has not been turned into condos and you may be very well surprised to know it is more alive than you ever believed…..

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

QuentinE on May 2, 2010 at 4:33 am

The theatre was originally named The Shubert, planned by the New York Shubert Brothers as the New Orleans branch of their nationwide chain of legitimate theatre outlets. Built by Equitable Real Estate Corporation, headed by Emilien Perrin, Sr. When the Shuberts decided to close it, Perrin took it over, renamed it The Lafayette, updated it with new moving picture equipment, projectors and screen. It was built in the then popular arcade style, with a covered walkway in between two retail stores facing Baronne Street, into the auditorium. The name was changed a number of times, from Lafayette to Star, to Poche, then finally to Civic.

spectrum on April 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

From the google street view, the auditorium building has no windows punched into the sides – perhaps some of the original interior still exists?

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Here is a December 2008 article about landmark designation:

joysmovies on May 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Here’s a picture of the Civic showing West Side Story:
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CSWalczak on May 21, 2008 at 10:53 am

This website:

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shows the facade of the former theater as it looks today.

CSWalczak on May 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Some pictures of the Poche/Civic Theater:
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From the stage:
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Stage entrance:
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jazzland on July 25, 2007 at 8:59 am

The Civic was originally buit as the Schubert. The auditorium contained a balcony and a gallery as well as the ochestra floor. The stage was flanked by rectangular boxes on either side. The plaster decoration was Beaux-Art; Sam Stone was the architect. The sign mentioned above originally said “Poche”. A contest was held to rename the theatre using the same number of letters; “Civic” won.
In the late fifties and early sixties the theatre hosted some large road show presentations – BEN HUR and WEST SIDE STORY in particular.
In the late seventies it was turned into the CIVIC DISCO. When that came to an end, the building sat vacant. The current conversion is completly inappropriate to the original structure and a sad abuse of the historic tax credit system.